Had a lovely dinner at Cafe Le Troquet recently. Cafe Le Troquet is an authentic little hole-in-the-wall French cafe/bistro on Balestier Road. The joint is run by a lady called Suzanne Leong who used to live in France and used to operate a French Restaurant for a number of years in the Alliance Francais. It’s hard to question their authenticity, really.

Not too expensive considering the quality of their offerings and I guess that’s the joys of lower rent in an area such as Balestier Road.

We started the evening off with an aperetif:

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We shared a bunch of appetizers including Fish Soup (Soupe de Poisson), escargots and salad Nicoise. All excellent. Pictured below are the salad Nicoise and the escargots:

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For the main course, my dinner companions had the duck confit (not pictured) and I had the cod (below). The cod was good and served with semolina but the duck confit (confit de canard), as always, was exceptional (though not entirely healthy).

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We ended the meal sharing a small cheese platter. I would highly recommend you try it out. Address, map, opening hours, etc in the pictures below (click to enlarge lah).

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It’s also a really chill, home like ambience. We were there from 7.30pm until almost 11.00pm and the staff were perfect hosts! Nice to eat good food in a place outside the mess of CBD.

Final picture. Looking for a cab (I decided not to drink and drive). We got one quick so that was cool too 🙂

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PS. Le Troquet means “The Bar”

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